In January, the business was up 25% from last year at Greg Fosdal’s DaddyO’s BBQ and Sports Bar. Two months later, he had to decide which five of his 12 staffers would be least affected by a layoff.
That stark reality set in for the Staten Island business owner after authorities ordered bars and eateries across the city to shut their dining areas in mid-March — forcing restaurants to shift to takeout and/or delivery operations or close.
“I tried to keep most of my people. I only laid off people that can be laid off. Like the younger kids that live with their parents,” Fosdal told THE CITY. “The people who need the work are still working to some extent, but I still had to cut hours.”